Unique Images of Native Americans Show History Almost Forgotten

By Ingrid Longauerová, Epoch Times
April 15, 2016 5:01 pm Last Updated: April 18, 2016 7:04 am

When American photographer Edward S. Curtis first photographed Native Indians in 1906, he didn’t know that was just the beginning of his 20-year journey of photographing more than 80 tribes.

His fascination of indigenous people turned into a collection of more than 40,000 photos, named The North American Indian. Today they are an impressive record of life, culture, and the struggles of Native Americans.

 

Navajo tribe in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in 1904. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Navajo tribe in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in 1904. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Shows As He Goes, half-length portrait, c1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Shows As He Goes, half-length portrait from a visit of Apache Indian groups, 1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

The Talk, c1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
The Talk, 1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Sioux chiefs, 1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Sioux chiefs, 1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

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The whaler-Clayoquot, 1910. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Saguaro fruit gatherers--Maricopa, Arizona, c c1907. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Saguaro fruit gatherers–Maricopa, Arizona, 1907. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

(Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
(Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

The lone Chief--Cheyenne, c1927. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
The lone Chief–Cheyenne, 1927. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

(Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
(Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Watching the signal, c1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Watching the signal, 1905. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Running Rabbit, c1900. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Running Rabbit, 1900. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Wisham girl, c1910. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Wisham girl, 1910. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Three Piegan Indians and four horses on hill above river, 1910. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Three Piegan Indians and four horses on hill above river, 1910. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Lies Sideway, a Crow man, cc1908. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Lies Sideway, a Crow man, 1908. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

Quiet waters--Yurok, c1923. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
Quiet waters–Yurok, 1923. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)

 

The eagle catcher, c1908. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)
The Hidatsa Indian eagle catcher, 1908. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress)